City pair vic­to­ri­ous at the Olympic venue

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - Sport -

PHILIPPA Neill con­tin­ued her re­cent good form with an im­pres­sive win at the Metropoli­tan Re­gatta over the week­end.

While most of her Peter­bor­ough City Row­ing Club mates were com­pet­ing in the club’s re­gatta at Thorpe Mead­ows, the 17-year-old King’s School pupil was busy at the Olympic venue, Dor­ney Lakes, where she won the Mor­ri­son Cup in the Ju­nior Eights.

Com­pet­ing in a com­pos­ite crew over the two kilo­me­tre course, Neill’s boat won the race by a mas­sive 18 sec­onds ahead of New­cas­tle Uni­ver­sity with the Na­tional Uni­ver­sity of Ire­land back in third.

The city young­ster then took part in the Elite Women’s Cox­less Fours, com­ing sec­ond to a com­pos­ite crew con­tain­ing two Great Bri­tain Un­der 23 in­ter­na­tion­als.

Next Satur­day Neill will com­pete at the Read­ing Am­a­teur Re­gatta as she con­tin­ues her prepa­ra­tions for Hen­ley which takes place the fol­low­ing week­end.

But Neill was not the only lo­cal rower de­liv­er­ing the goods at Dor­ney Lakes with for­mer Peter­bor­ough City Row­ing club star Ed Rip­pon also tast­ing suc­cess at Dor­ney Lakes.

Rip­pon, a for­mer PCRC ju­nior star but now a mem­ber of Le­an­der Row­ing Club, won the IM1 Dou­ble Sculls along­side Ex­eter man, Mar­cus Bowyer, af­ter qual­i­fy­ing for the fi­nal as the fastest crew in the heats.

The win marks a wel­come re­turn to form for ‘Big Ed’ who is still re­cov­er­ing from a virus which saw him miss out on a place in the Great Bri­tain squad at the Mu­nich Re­gatta last month.

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